Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010. While working as a freelance reporter and feature writer he was also published by The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

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Bonfire night: Gone in 60 explosive seconds...

Organisers of a fireworks display in Edinburgh have apologised after a misfiring rocket set off the entire stock at once, sending the crowd running and burning a girl's face.

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more stars could be named in Jimmy Savile scandal

Two more as yet unnamed celebrities have reportedly been implicated in sexual abuses allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile paedophilia scandal.

Fake IDs are OK, says Cabinet's IT chief

The head of internet security at the Cabinet Office has told people to use fake names online – leading to claims that his advice would help encourage crime.

Julian Assange: The Ecuadorian Embassy imprisonment is like 'living on a space station'

Julian Assange has compared his self-imposed imprisonment inside the Ecuadorean Embassy to being an astronaut orbiting the Earth due to the limits placed on his everyday life.

Six coffins, one family – Harlow mourns its dead

More than 400 people mourned the deaths in last week's house fire of Sabah Usmani and her five children as their funeral took place at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex yesterday.

Sir James Dyson filed for High Court proceedings

Come clean! Dyson accuses Bosch over R&D 'mole'

Dyson has accused Bosch of sending an industrial spy into its secret research and development centre to hoover up confidential details of its designs.

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Shobna Gulati

Now Piers Morgan’s Mirror and The People accused of phone hacking

Two more tabloid newspapers were dragged into the phone-hacking scandal last night with the former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson among four people intending to sue the Daily Mirror and the Sunday People.

Snus: It’s sparked a corruption row, forced an EU official to resign, and is dealt openly by a Swedish MEP

What's all the snus about? Swedish MEP dealing snuff in Brussels

The labyrinthine corridors of the European Parliament building in Brussels are hardly the obvious hangout for a brazen drug dealer to traffic his produce across international borders. Yet should you ever be in desperate need of an illicit fix of snus – a type of Swedish snuff tobacco which cannot be sold legally anywhere in the EU apart from in its home country – Christofer Fjellner's office is the place to go.

Women of the Year: Women celebrate a year to remember

Author P D James, anti-racism campaigner Doreen Lawrence and human rights activist Zainab Salbi celebrated together as they were named among winners of the Women of the Year awards.

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A Liverpool shirt is tied to the gates at Anfield in tribute to the Hillsborough victims after the truth about the tragedy finally emerges.

Hillsborough: IPCC will look into conduct of 1,444 police officers

The sheer scale of the investigation into a police cover-up of mistakes made during the Hillsborough disaster has become clear, with the names of 1,444 former and serving officers being passed to the official watchdog.

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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices